Australia news June 4, 2011

CA to consider twilight cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Some Sheffield Shield matches may stretch into twilight next summer as Cricket Australia considers a proposal for a potential step towards discovering the viability of day-night Tests.

If the proposal is adopted, play would continue until about 8 p.m. for certain designated matches. However, in what CA called a "half-measure", the traditional red ball will be used rather than the pink version that has not been fully tested yet.

The Australian board's move comes in the wake of the ICC cricket committee's recent request for countries to test the feasibility of playing day-night games in the longer versions of the sport at the first-class level.

According to the Age, the topic has already been discussed by CA's playing conditions committee, and the next step is to identify suitable grounds and dates, depending on the amount of dew and when the sun sets.

''We are very conscious of the ICC Cricket Committee suggestion that they would like to see some trials at first-class level in different parts of the world and we have always been very keen on trying to play cricket at times when people want to watch it,'' a CA spokesman said.

CA have also handed over a bag of pink and orange balls to the ICC for further testing. While Channel Nine has argued for orange, saying it would be better for television viewers, the ICC's cricket committee thinks the pink ball has more promise.

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  • Andrew on June 6, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    The move to Day/Night test is not just a Cric Oz thing, other nations are seriously looking at it. The big difference is that Oz have in the past & look like doing in the near future, play some Shield games under these conditions. -- -- -- @popcorn - an 8pm finish (which is what the article is talking about), is not too big a deal. I know 11pm finishes would be not appealing to workers, & then there is the real possibility of extra drunken behaviour from the crowd too. An 8pm close to me is not a big drama - particularly for southern states that have later sunset times. It would be interesting to see what weather conditions would come into play at a later time. -- -- -- @ Jim1207 - yes could be a motive. It could also bring Test cricket into a better time slot (marginally) in the UK & Sth Africa.

  • Rajaram on June 6, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Frankly,I am quite sickened and disgusted by the obsession to play NIGHT Test Cricket. To expect working class people to throng the Cricket Stadia after their day's work ends at 5 pm,negotiate rush hour traffic, and stay for 8 hours after work to see a full day's play, then go to sleep for 4 hours, and wake up early morning the next day to go to work,for 5 consecutive days, stretches imagination to thinking we are morons. Not only the Audience, the Cricketers too will have biological problems. Leave Day Test Cricket as it is. 50 Over Cricket as a Day Night Game is fine. The match starts and ends at a reasonable hour,and there are gaps between ODIs.

  • John on June 6, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    If it aint broken dont fix it. Overall test cricket in Australia draws big crowds. Why is it that James Sutherland wants to be remembered as a visionary when in fact his ideas generally disagree what the general public want? A test match is an occassion and starting at 11.00am ish depending where the game is played. Do we want to go down the same path of all the major football codes down here and have going out at night? Is it a plot from TV companies to fill in non rating hours in summer? We enjoy going to cricket in the holiday period and coming home at a decent hour so to go work the next day.Mess around with this and you will lose good fans as will be another tradition overturned and messed around for the corporates. Leave the game to the people!

  • Damien on June 5, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Seriously good idea.

    Think of it this way. For school-kids, the match begins at 1pm. Most seniors have free classes, for which they can get a whole day's play in for one or two days of a Shield match. Secondly, schools finish at 3pm in Aus. You would then attract school-kids to the matches, with time to leave school, and turn up at the oval by 3:40 for the start of the second session. The match finishes at 8pm, meaning that it's still not too late to have dinner, or pick up something on the way home, while there's still light in Summer. A day's cricket, convenient timing, and safe return home for all kids. Get the kids in from a young age, and they'll be hooked for life!

    Greeat idea!

  • J Ranjith on June 5, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Doogius, very good idea.

  • J Ranjith on June 5, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    People need to look at one important factor behind CA's desire - Day-night in Australia means complete day time in India where TV revenues could get more. As of now, Australia day tests would start at early morning 4 or 5 AM so people would not get to see much and by the noon the test match day would be over. So it would be just another ploy to increase TV revenues than trying out day-night tests.

  • Shane on June 4, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    CA should be sacked. They're presiding over a business that was highly profitable, is now losing money in a climate where most boards are making more cash then ever. Shareholders, where are you - these idiots have to go. As for SShield, organise with schools to bus in (for free) a couple of classes, so every year, all kids have been. Get the kids interested and the rest will take care of itself.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    i think it i a good idea........

  • Balakumaran on June 4, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    In subcontinent, you can always attract crown for any forms of game, provided the home team is playing. There is no need to change the game drastically by calling it as innovation. If people from specific countries are not interested to watch the game during day time then leave it. There is no point to change the classic test game.

    The Superover innovation by CA is one of the ridiculous thing and should not be in cricket. How about setting the wheel of fortune around the boundary line - based on where the ball hit the banners, runs can be multiplied by 1x, 2x, 3x, 0x, 1wicket etc. Other option is, play around toss where winner of other toss can double/triple their score.???

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    CA to consider twilight cricket


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